Summer’s here and the heat is on. Your grass, flowers, and trees need to be watered regularly for them to perform at their best. But sprinkler systems can cost a fortune and regular sprinklers don’t just water your grass or garden, but also the annoying weeds. Luckily, there are some neat DIY projects that allow you to water your plants without helping out the weeds.
A rain cistern, or rain catcher, is a metal or plastic storage tank that is attached to your downspout with the purpose of collecting rain water for later use. They can be attached to an irrigation system to water your lawn and garden or go more simpler with a spigot and hose assembly. Either way, this is a very eco-friendly and energy-efficient method of irrigation.
Don’t toss out that empty soda bottle just yet. What you’re holding in your hand can be turned into a low-cost sprinkler system. Just punch holes in the bottle and attach it to a hose. You may need to purchase a connector to make it easier to attach a garden hose to a bottle.
This is another inexpensive method for irrigating your garden plants. If you already have a 5-gallon bucket then this method is free. All you need to do is drill a few holes around the sides of the bucket near the bottom. Place the bucket in a hole deep enough so the holes can irrigate the roots of the plants around it. Plant four plants around your new irrigation system and then all you need to do is add water. The holes will act as a slow release waterer for your plants.
This method works similar to the bucker system but you’ll want a clay flower pot with no holes or drain in it. How it works is, as water is added to the clay pot it is absorbed into the sides and then leaches into the surrounding soil as needed. These look more visually appealing than the white 5-gallon buckets but is much slower. It’s also recommended to cover the pot so mosquitoes don’t find their way inside and lay eggs.
This is a great way to water your plants if you have a greenhouse or nursery. All it is, is a hose that has holes punched at various intervals (or spigots) that allow water to be delivered to the desired spots. This slow drip method keeps plants watered at a rate that doesn’t waste water and the best part is that it doesn’t water the weeds around the plant.
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